About once a week we have what we call “deli dinner”—smoked salmon or lox, bread, cheeses, and salads. We usually get most of the ingredients for this meal from La Villa Italian Deli. However, since it is a family run business, they close for the entire Thanksgivings Day weekend.
Karl’s Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast
We made do by getting our ingredients from Whole Food‘s this week. We had some hot smoked salmon leftover and I decided to use it for lunch the next day. How do you feed three people with only one ounce of fish? I decided to mix it with an avocado and some chives that I had remaining from making Thanksgiving dinner. Avocado toast makes a great lunch when paired with a green salad. Continue reading
I am making Jan’s birthday meal of chicken mole, beans, and rice. That is a lot of meat and starch, but Jan also likes to be vegetable forward. My original idea was for a mango and avocado salad, but for seven people that would either be very small serving for each person or very expensive.
Karl’s Avocado, Mango Slaw with Lime Dressing
It is a weekday meal and I wanted something simple and quick. I decided on broiled salmon and I thought a spinach salad would go nicely with it. I had bought some oranges to make more orange infused sugar and—since that recipe only uses the zest—that always leaves me with the dilemma of what to do with the fruit. Today, I used one for the salad.
Karl’s Avocado, Orange and Spinach Salad
Adapted from a recipe in The Organic Kitchen Garden calendar (June)
While Jan and Eilene were in Hopi, I made a large pile of tamales for later meals. I served them for Father’s Day dinner and I decided to make two sauces to pour over the somewhat dry tamales. At Miriam’s request I made a mole. While I was deciding on the second sauce, Jan noticed a recipe on the kitchen calendar. As usual, I could not follow the recipe, but had to make “improvements.”
Karl’s Blackberry Salsa
Several weeks ago, this dish was all the rage because Australian millionaire Tim Gurner suggested that it was the reason that young people couldn’t afford to buy a house. While I will admit that the price of avocados has gone up since I was that age, it is still not that expensive if you go to an ethnic store. You can sometimes find them for $1 apiece at Marina Grocery—as opposed to $2.50 at Safeway.
Karl’s Avocado Toast
For Memorial Day I made an eclectic California Fusion meal. BBQ chicken wings, couscous, potato salad and three bean salad. I though the meal was a bit starch heavy so I decided to make a green salad.
Karl’s Arugula Salad with Orange Avocado Dressing
Adapted from a Serious Eats Recipe
When I was looking for recipes for Mother’s Day and Miriam’s birthday, Miriam sent me this one. This turned out to be a fairly tricky recipe with several structural problems. Scooping out the right amount of space was very difficult. All of the eggs over flowed their avocado containers making a mess of the pan. The eggs also came out tough and leathery.
Eggs Baked in Avocado
This week I am making Santa Maria tri-tip, which calls for Santa Maria-style beans. While many sites call for serving coleslaw with this meal, I could not find anything called “Santa Maria-style coleslaw.” Having grownup just a few miles away, in Santa Barbara, I decided to fill this obvious need.
Karl’s Santa Maria Coleslaw
Jan requested a “light” dinner, by which she meant low carbohydrates. I decided to do “South of the Border” salmon patties. This, of course, called for guacamole. Having already mixed Mexican and Northwest cuisines, I decided to take it a step further and mix grilled plums with my avocado.
Karl’s Grilled Plum Guacamole
I am making the Dean’s Lunch and one of the dinners is a Vegan. Jan and I finally settled on a salad with crackers and a selection of schmears. To meet the needs of the one, the many must eat Vegan—to paraphrase. Jan really likes guacamole, so I chose this as my third schmear. I have a simple recipe, but for public consumption I thought I would be a bit more elaborate.